Are you shopping for the perfect gift for a 9-year-old boy? Get ideas for toys, active gifts, electronics and more!
Artistic Gifts For 9-Year-Old Boys
Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes Craft Kit
The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes Craft Kit is a fun and entertaining paper craft book for boys. This is a book/craft that provides a child with creativity and a reward for reading.
It comes with 10 different airplane designs, 40 pieces of colored and patterned double-sided pieces of paper and it even has a storage pocket to keep everything organized. This is a great crafting idea for children 7 and older.
How To Draw Cool Stuff
Are you looking for a fun book to teach him how to draw? A good choice is the How To Draw Cool Stuff book. This book will give step-by-step instructions over 253 pages to draw many different cool things. It is 8 inches by 10 inches, and it is available in a paperback, hardcover, or Kindle version.
Sketch Book for Boys: Out of This World Drawing Pad
The Sketch Book for Boys: Out of This World Drawing Pad is a great present for children who like to draw, doodle, or design things. This book is designed for boys who are 8 – 12 years old and has 110 pages. The dimensions of the book are 8 inches by 10 inches.
It has a fun and colorful cover, but it is still a blank paged sketchbook inside. 8 by 10 is the ideal size to draw, color, and paint in. If you are looking for a present for an artistic child or you want to get something to help spark their creativity and imagination, this is a good choice.
Yamaha Student Series CGS103AII Classical Guitar
The Yamaha Student Series CGS103AII Classical Guitar is a great instrument to start a young child out on learning the guitar. This is a guitar made specifically for a child, so it is easier to handle size and weight wise. It is also smaller, which works out for children with smaller hands who cannot easily use a full-sized guitar. This is a great way to introduce them to this instrument, and as they grow, you can consider replacing it will a full-size guitar.
Active Gifts For 9-Year-Old Boys
Mini Basketball Hoop with Ball, XL
The Mini Basketball Hoop with Ball, XL is a super fun way for boys to be able to stay active, even when they are inside the house. This realistic basketball hoop can be mounted on the back of a child’s bedroom door and provide hours of fun and entertainment.
We show the XL version, which is 23 inches by 16 inches and has a 9 1/2 steel spring-action break-away steel rim. The sides are foam padded for extra safety, and it comes with a 5.5-inch rubber ball.
If you like this but want to get something smaller, you can choose the pro mini micro hoop instead, only 15 by 10 inches with a 4-inch foam ball. The pro mini hoop and the pro mini hoop midnight is the medium-sized choice. It is 18 by 12 inches and has a 5-inch rubber ball. The midnight version has a green glow-in-the-dark ball for extra fun playing late at night or off the lights.
Razor RipStik Ripster Caster Board – Red – FFP
The Razor RipStik Ripster Caster Board is a great gift if you are looking to give an active or athletic present. We are showing it in red, but it is also available in blue. This is an excellent idea if your kids really want a ripstick, but you think they are too young or small for it. This is a little smaller and sturdy, perfect for younger kids. They will love using it, and they will get a great workout while playing.
It has a slip-resistant deck, a compact side, and inclined 360 degree wheels.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Junior Metal Detector for Kids
The NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Junior Metal Detector for Kids is a fun activity to search for buried treasure. You can use this two different ways – as a fun treasure hunt you set up or as an actual metal detector. Either way, it will be detected metal; the difference is if you just want to look to see what you can find or if you want to make a treasure hunt.
This metal detector comes with 5 replica gold doubloons which you can hide as part of a treasure hunt. This learning activity also comes with a full-color guide that will teach them about fold doubloons and how to use this metal detector.
If you do not want to create your own treasure hunt, he can also just use this as a metal detector. It will register anything metal within 7 inches of the surface. This would be fun to use at home in the front, back, or side yard, at the park, at the beach, or on any active trips like camping or hiking.
Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick For Kids
The Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick For Kids is a fun and active toy for anyone who weighs between 80 and 160 pounds. Pogo sticks are a traditional toy that can be a lot of fun. This pogo stick is suggested for children 9 and up, and it is 42 inches in length by 2.6 inches in width by 12 inches in height. There are 6 different colors to choose from, so you can get their favorite color!
There are foam handles, non-slip foot pegs for safety. This is a great active toy where children and adults can burn off up to 600 calories per hour.
Rally and Roar Electronic Tabletop Air Hockey Game
The Rally and Roar Electronic Tabletop Air Hockey Game is a fun toy for a 9 year to play with his friends or family. This is a fun tabletop game that is 40 inches by 20 inches by 9 inches. It comes with 2 pushers and 2 pucks.
This is a game that both children and adults can play. It comes with LED automatic scoring and a padded base to prevent scratching on whatever surface this tabletop game is played on. It is designed in the USA.
ESPN EZ Fold Indoor Basketball Game
The ESPN EZ Fold Indoor Basketball Game is a super fun present to bring a piece of the arcade home! This is a great basketball game for two players to compete in while indoors. This game comes with the foldable basketball game, (4) 7″ basketballs, and 1 air pump. It also has LED scoring, a game clock, and 8 different gaming options.
If you have somewhere to set this up and leave it set up all the time, great. But if not, it is easily foldable for storage purposes. Setup the dimensions are 81 inches by 80.5 inches by 48 inches, and folded the dimensions are 20 inches by 80.5 inches by 48 inches. It is on wheels which makes it easy to move, but two of the wheels are lockable, so it will not move during gameplay.
It also features a durable backboard and 12-inch metal rims. Anyone who loves a quick game of basketball will be happy to receive this as a present.
Educational Gifts For 9-Year-Old Boys
LEGO Chain Reactions
The LEGO Chain Reactions is a STEM activity kit for children aged 9 – 15. This activity kit will allow him to make 10 different moving machines. This set comes with a 78-page instruction booklet, which includes color photos to help him learn how to build all 10 machines. It also has 33 different Lego elements, 6 Lego balls, 8 paper ramps, 2.2 yards of string, 2 pop-up signs made of paper, 1 paper funnel, 1 paper bucket, and 1 paper flag.
National Geographic Break Open 10 Premium Geodes
The National Geographic Break Open 10 Premium Geodes is the perfect science learning toy as it is fun and exciting, but they will also gain knowledge while playing. We are suggesting the 10 geodes set, but they also come in 2 geodes set or 4 geodes set.
This gift will allow children to break open these geodes to reveal the beautiful crystals inside. It is the perfect combination of education and a fun time smashing things while wearing safety goggles.
It comes with 10 geodes, safety goggles, a magnifying glass, and a 16-page color booklet where he will be able to learn more about geodes, including how they are formed.
The LEGO Gadgets is a Science and STEM activity kit made for children 8 – 12 years old. This scientific and STEM geared toy allows children to build and use their creative minds to build 11 different machines. Some of these machines are serious, where some are just silly and fun.
Everything he will need to start building these machines comes in this box, including 6 pages of papercraft and 58 different Lego elements. The elements include gear wheels, cross axles, technic bricks, pegs, plates, and more. The machines he will be building include the claw, the spin-o-vision, a catapult, a ghost guzzler, a cruiser, a micro movie maker, and a gravity drop coaster.
Abacus Brands Bill Nye’s VR Science Kit
The Abacus Brands Bill Nye’s VR Science Kit is a fun STEM and science This set is designed for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. This kit comes with an 80 page colored book that will teach them step-by-step instructions to conduct 30 different science experiments. These are interactive lessons and experiments such as how to trap gas, make perfume, and extract color.
This set comes with 50 pieces, including VR goggles. He will be able to watch videos and use these VR goggles to really get a hands-on feeling for all these experiments.
Kano Star Wars The Force Coding Kit
The Kano Star Wars The Force Coding Kit is a fun way to combine the educational power of a STEM toy with the entertainment value of Star Wars. This is a learning activity that is designed for children 6 and up. This coding adventure will need to be hooked up to some sort of computer or device to work. It is compatible with Windows 10, Mac, iPad, or a Fire Tablet.
They will be able to start learning by putting the product together themselves. When they open the box, they can pop out the different parts and follow the directions to put it together. They will need to connect the button and various bits to the board. Once it is put together and connected to a device, they will follow step-by-step instructions to learn to code.
How is this connected to the Star Wars Universe? They will be able to use their hand to levitate X-wings, swing lightsabers, do Jedi mind trick stormtroopers, make force lightning, and more.
Playz Edible Candy! Food Science STEM Chemistry Kit
The Playz Edible Candy! Food Science STEM Chemistry Kit is a fun kit that will get children interested in chemistry and science in general. One of the best ways to get a kid interested in learning is to make it fun. If it is fun, they will want to spend their time doing that activity. Adding a reward like yummy candy at the end of their experiment makes it even better!
This kit will teach children to make different candies such as chocolate, gummies, rock candy, yogurt candy, and more. The kit has 40 various experiments and comes with a 32-page color step-by-step instruction book.
The Purple Cow- The Crazy Scientist Science Tricks Card Set
The Purple Cow – The Crazy Scientist Science Tricks Card Set is a small gift that combines the fun of magic tricks with the power of science. We are showing the forces and energy kit – but there are a total of 6 different purple cow science trick card packs you can choose from. The other choices are indoor science, natural phenomena, kitchen science, young researchers, and material adventure.
The forces and energy kit comes with 20 detailed activity cards with images and instructions for each science trick. These are fun hands-on experiments that will allow children to learn more about science and the world around them.
Lucky Doug 12-in-1 STEM Solar Robot Kit
The Lucky Doug 12-in-1 STEM Solar Robot Kit is a fun STEM toy for children 8 and up. This kit will allow children to build more than 12 different fun and interesting robots on their own. STEM toys, such as this one, help give children a strong foundation in mathematics, engineering, technology, and science at a young age, all while having fun.
One of the cool things about these robots is that they are environmentally friendly as they are solar-powered. It comes with straightforward, easy-to-follow instructions. This is also a kit that can grow with children. It is perfect for a 9-year-old. He can start with the 6 entry-level robots, which are suitable for kids 8 – 10, and then move on to the senior level robots, which are ideal for children 10 and up.
Electronic Gifts For 9-Year-Old Boys
ASUS Chromebook-Laptop- 11.6″
The ASUS Chromebook-Laptop- 11.6″ is an excellent present for a 9-year-old boy. This is a perfect age for a child to get their own laptop. Laptops can be used for all sorts of things, including homework, video games, and creative activities like creative writing or making digital art.
This laptop is great for young children as it can be dropped 3.9 feet, has rugged construction, and only weighs 2.65 pounds. It is also spill-resistant and has a 180-degree hinge that allows the Chromebook to be fully open.
The Kindle Paperwhite is a wonderful present to help encourage a child to pick up a book and read wherever they happen to be. This Kindle is available in 32GB (shown and recommended) or a smaller storage capacity of 8GB. You can get it to add supported or without ads and in 4 different colors: black, plum, sage, or twilight blue.
It has an adjustable light, so it can be read indoors or outdoors. It is also now waterproof, so if he enjoys reading during his bath, you will not need to worry about him dropping it in and ruining it. This is a wonderful educational present which will encourage a child to read and take a book with them wherever they go!
Kids Adjustable On Ear Headphones
The Kids Foldable Adjustable On Ear Headphones is an excellent choice for either school or leisure headphones. Many school-aged children now need earbuds and headphones for school. They use Chromebooks, tablets, and other laptops for their education.
This would be a great pair of headphones for this purpose as they would be able to use them with their computer. They can also hook them up to their cell phones, MP3 players, tablets, and kindles. We are showing it in black with turquoise accents, but it is available in many colors. You can also get these in black and green, purple, black and orange, two-tone pink, purple and pink, red and black, lime and blue, or teal and blue.
Preloaded SNES Retro Console
A fun choice of an electronic toy for a 9-year-old boy is a Preloaded SNES Retro Console. We are showing the Super Nintendo Retro console, but you could also choose a game boy, Sega Genesis, the Original Nintendo Entertainment System, or the Super Famicon.
This is an emulation console made to look like the Super Nintendo, but it has 6000 pre-programmed games that come from multiple retro gaming consoles. Some of the game consoles that the games come from and are compatible with this unit include NES, SNES, Sega, GB, Atari, and Arcade games.
No cartridges are needed; all the retro games are pre-installed and ready to be played!
Fast Remote Control Stunt Car
The Fast Remote Control Stunt Car is a fabulous present to choose when you are looking for a fun and traditional toy for a 9-year-old boy. We are showing this in blue, but it is also available in red and lime green.
This is a 360-degree rotating car that has 4 wheel drive and is made of anti-crash rubber. The anti-crash material will both protect the vehicle from breaking and protect walls and furniture in the house! It can be used to do flips, twists, and all kinds of tricks. It has two powerful motors and anti-slip tires, making it the perfect remote control car regardless of the terrain – it can be used indoors on flat surfaces or outdoors on services like gravel, grass, and sand.
Games and Puzzles For 9-Year-Old Boys
ThinkFun Shadows in the Forest
The ThinkFun Shadows in the Forest is a unique and innovative board game that the whole family will love. This is such a fun and fantastic game that anyone will love! It is meant to play in the dark, which adds a special twist to this board game. This is a game for 2 – 7 players. The players will either be on the seeker team or the shadow team. The seekers control the LED flashlight and try to find the creatures and shadows that hide in the forest.
This is an immersive game that is about legends, exploration, and strategy.
The GameWright Rat-A-Tat-Cat is a fun game for children to learn how to have and maintain a poker face – a great skill they will need for other games as they get older.
This is a fun cat-themed card game where children will need to utilize memory, a poker face, and a strategy to win. There are good guys (cats) and bad guys (rats). The object of this game is to get rid of the bad guys (higher point value) and end the game with the lowest score.
Gamewright Trash Pandas – The Raucous Raccoon Card Game
The Gamewright Trash Pandas – The Raucous Raccoon Card Game is super fun and funny card game. It is meant for kids 8 – 15 and can be played by 2-4 players. This is a card game in which trash is a treasure. You are trying to acquire more trash than your opponent, which may include rolling the die to knock over their trash can and steal from them.
This is a unique and fun game with colorful cards, wooden tokens, and a die.
Totally Gross: The Game of Science
The Totally Gross: The Game of Science is a fun board game for children 8 and up. This is a great way to teach your kids about science. Sometimes science can be gross or disgusting – and that appeals to children, especially boys.
A child will roll the die on each turn and move forward the number of spaces to match the die roll. They will then either perform a gross-out, answer a question or lose a turn. The goal is to get the gross slime up to 10 and correctly perform a lab experiment.
Trouble Game: Retro Series 1986 Edition
The Trouble Game: Retro Series 1986 Edition is a fun retro and classic game that all children will enjoy playing. Trouble is a classic game that many parents, aunts, and uncles grew up playing. One of the problems with many older games is that they are updated and become less playable with these new updates and improvements.
However, this will not happen here as this is the Retro 1986 Edition of this family favorite board game. This game is similar to other games where you are trying to move your pieces around the board. Still, in this instance, instead of rolling a die or picking up a card, you get to hit the pop o-Matic die. There is just something so satisfying about hitting this plastic dome to roll. That is one of the many reasons why this game has remained so popular for decades.
Spin Master Perplexus Epic Interactive Maze Game
The Spin Master Perplexus Epic Interactive Maze Game is a fun game that tests a player’s logic, problem-solving as well as patience levels. This type of game is easy to learn how to play, but it is hard to master, sort of like other 3D puzzles like the Rubix cube.
This is a 360-degree maze where the person using it will need to flip and spin it during use while trying to keep the ball rolling on the track. It sounds easy, but many different obstacles will pop up along the way. This is suitable for children and adults 8 and up.
Kanoodle 3-D Brain Teaser Puzzle Game
The Kanoodle 3-D Brain Teaser Puzzle Game is a great puzzle activity that tests patience, problem-solving and logic skills. This is a puzzle game that has both 2D and 3D puzzles for the player to complete. It comes with an entire color puzzle book to set up over 200 puzzles for children and adults to try to solve.
This is a fun and entertaining activity that will allow children to use logic and reasoning to solve different puzzles. It is a great activity on a rainy day or when the children need a break from screen time.
Books For 9-Year-Old Boys
Difficult Riddles For Smart Kids
The Difficult Riddles For Smart Kids is a fun book to get kids to get them interested in reading. If you want a child to be more interested in fiction and nonfiction books, it is an excellent start to get them a joke or riddle book first.
This book is available in a Kindle or Paperback format. It is for children aged 5 – 12 and has over 300 pages. The book is full of riddles and brainteasers, which will keep him engaged and thinking. It can be picked up once in a while, every day, or looked at for long periods. That is what makes this an ideal book for kids – whenever they have a couple of minutes to spare, they have a fun and educational activity to do.
Funny Jokes For 9-Year-Old Kids
Another excellent book for boys is the Funny Jokes For 9 Year Old Kids book. Kids love jokes, and they always want to learn more jokes. They not only love hearing them, but they love telling them to all of their family and friends.
This book has 108 pages, and he will love it. Of course, the biggest problem might be that this will start a tradition of him wanting joke books all the time.
Trapped in a Video Game: The Complete Series
If you are shopping for a boy who likes to read or one that you want to read more often, you might opt to get him a book series instead of a single book. A good choice would be the Trapped in a Video Game: The Complete Series. This is available in a paperback collection or a Kindle collection.
If the 9-year-old you are shopping for is a fan of video games, this could be a great way to get him interested in books. This series has the following 5 books:
- Trapped in a Video Game
- The Invisible Invasion
- Robots Revolt
- Return to Doom Island
- The Final Boss
Theodore Boone 6 Book Box Set
Another popular book series for boys 9 and older is the Theodore Boone 6 Book Box Set. If you have a child who really likes to read, he might want to read a famous author who writes for both children and adults. If so – this is the perfect series as this adolescent book series is written by John Grisham. This series is of the first books of this series. Many kids transition from this series to the adult John Grisham books. The books in this series are:
- Kid Lawyer
- The Abduction
- The Accused
- The Activist
- The Fugitive
- The Scandal
Secret Agent 6th Grader – 3 Book Box Set Collection
A fun and action-packed book collection you might want to choose is the Secret Agent 6th Grader – 3 Book Box Set Collection. This is written for kids 9 – 12 years old or in 4th thru 8th grade. It is available in a paperback set or on the Kindle.
This is a story told by the 6th grader secret agent, Brody Valentine, and how he became a secret agent at his school. The books in this set are:
- Secret Agent 6th Grader
- Secret Agent 6th Grader 2: Ice Cold Suckerpunch
- Secret Agent 6th Grader 3: Extra Large Soda Jerk.
Epic Zero: Tales of a Not-So-Super 6th Graded
Another enjoyable set of books for children is the Epic Zero: Tales of a Not-So-So-Super 6th Graded. This is a book series for children who are between 7-10 years old and has a total of 538 pages. It is available in a paperback collection or on the Kindle.
This is a fun, action-packed series that will entertain people from mid-elementary school through adulthood. Elliott Harkness is from a family of superheroes. Even his dog is a superhero. However, Elliott is powerless. However, the world is in danger, and it is up to Elliott to save the day. The books in this book set are:
- Epic Zero: Tales of a Not-So-Super 6th Grader
- Epic Zero 2: Tales of a Pathetic Power Failure
- Epic Zero 3: Tales of a Super Lame Last Hope
Five Kingdoms Complete Collection
The Five Kingdoms Complete Collection are excellent books that anyone who loves fantasy stories will not be able to put down. These books are about the main character Cole, who sees all his friends taken away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house. He does with what most boys would do – he dives in after them. However, instead of landing in a room under the haunted house, he lands in the Outskirts.
The Outskirts are made up of five different kingdoms to lie in a place between dreaming and wakefulness. This is a place between reality and imagination. The five kingdoms are the place between life and death. It is an in-between place. The books in this 5 book series (available in paperback or hardcover) are:
- Sky Raiders
- Rogue Knight
- Crystal Keepers
- Death Weavers
- Time Jumpers
Hardy Boys Starter Set
Our final selection of a great book series for 9-year-old boys is the Hardy Boys Starter Set. If you are looking for a classic series to read, is there anything more traditional for boys than the Hardy Boys?
This series of the first 5 books are available on Kindle, in a Hardcover set or a Paperback set. It is written for children 8 – 10 years old. If he loves mysteries or fancies himself as a detective, this is the perfect series to get him started on. The first 5 books of this series are in this set, and those books are:
- The Hardy Boys: The Tower Treasure
- The Hardy Boys: The House on the Cliff
- The Hardy Boys: The Secret of the Old Mill
- The Hardy Boys: The Missing Chums
- The Hardy Boys: Hunting for Hidden Gold.
More Gifts For 9-Year-Old Boys
Gamer Bedding Set
Are you looking for cool bedroom stuff for your son or another 9-year-old boy? We love this Gamer Bedroom Set. It is black with a considerable controller, and splattered colors add brightness and dun to the overall look and feel. This is a duvet color that is available in sizes from twin to King. Think bedding is a good idea but that this is just a bit too much? Check out this bedding to find a total of 40 choices.
Many of these choices are gaming-related, just in different designs and colors. Some of the other choices have space, skulls, animals, or sports designs.
Striped Bedding Set
If you want to buy nice bedding, but you would prefer to get a more grown-up and basic Striped Bedding Set, we like this grey, blue, and green set. It is also available in red and black, blue and white, or orange and grey. It comes in a twin/Twin XL or a Full/Queen.
This set comes with a quilt and a sham.
LED Strip Lights
If you are looking for something to allow him to decorate his room or electronics, you can get him LED Strip Lights. This is a simple present that can change the whole look of a room. This kit comes with 2 rolls of LED Lights with 16.4 each.
Thermal Blackout Curtains For Kids
Another great way to decorate his room is with these Thermal Blackout Curtains For Kids. We are showing them in navy, but they also come in pink, black or grey. The size of the curtains is 52 inches by 63 inches and is made of microfiber. A larger curtain size of 52 inches by 84 inches is also available.
These are fantastic curtains to get when a kid wants a darker room. These are especially a good idea for kids who like to sleep in or who have electronics in their room and they are trying to find a way to avoid the glare on the screens.
Fleece Hoodie and T-Shirt Set
Clothes are always an excellent set. We really like this Fleece Hoodie and T-Shirt Set. This set comes with a basketball t-shirt that is black and green and a grey pullover hoodie. There are also other sets available as well. The other sets have different colors and styles, which are primarily sports-themed. The sizes these come in a range from 5-6 to 14-16.
Kids Black and Red Track Suit
Another excellent clothing choice is this Kids Black and Red Track Suit. This is a great outfit to wear outside of the house or when they are just having a day to lounge around and do little to nothing. It is available in sizes from 2-3 years to 13 years.
What to Look for in Gifts for 9-Year-Old Boys
Do you want to get the perfect gift for a 9-year-old boy, but you just do not know where to start? There are many different ways to decide what to buy. The three ways we recommend are as follows:
- Shopping By Interest
- Asking The Family
- Shopping By Age Milestones
Shopping By Interests: One of the most popular ways to choose a gift is what the recipient is interested in. This could include sports or sporting teams, hobbies (like reading, card collection, or art), our favorite brands, themes, or types of toys.
This is a great way to ensure you are buying something they really like. Of course, to choose a present like this, you will really need to know the child’s wants and dislikes.
Ask The Family: Next, you can ask the family (if you are not already a family member). Make sure the parents or other family members are telling you what the child really likes or wants, not what they think a 9 year should enjoy or the things that they wished they had at that age.
Shopping By Age Milestones: Finally, we have shopping by the different developmental milestones of their age group. Sometimes the best presents are presents that will help them grow and succeed going forward in life. The good news is that these do not have to be boring; there are tons of fun and engaging educational toys on the market today. STEM toys are trendy.
According to the CDC, a 9-year boy is in the middle childhood stage. During this age, he will go through emotional, social, thinking, and learning changes. Some of these changes include having stronger and more complex friendships, understanding other people’s points of view more clearly, having an increased attention span, and becoming more independent.
When shopping for presents geared towards these milestones, you might want to purchase items like board games, card games, or activities meant for multiple people – this will allow them to receive a gift they can share or do with their friends. You will also want to look for education and STEM toys, artistic activities, and items for his age group.